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Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Film Buff: Illuminating

Most early Christians were not literate, so it was customary for the gospel to be illuminated with ornate symbolism and pictures that illustrated the words on the page. One of the most incredible of these illuminated texts is The Book of Kells created by Scottish Monks somewhere around the late 8th to early 9th centuries.
The 2009 animated film The Secret of Kells presents a fictionalized origin story of this ancient book.
The film is visually stunning. Think Samurai Jack meets Celtic artwork meets Disney. However, the Disney comparison ends there, as the plot plays out more in the style of ancient folklore and legends. Those used to a more mainstream form of storytelling may find parts of this tale a bit jarring. That, however, is the closest that I can come to making any kind of a criticism of this film.
Personally, I found it breathtaking, and the trailer below is just a sample of what this film holds. I definitely recommend it.

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